Bettye L. Poon
FUNERAL HOME
O'Neill Funeral Home - Cumberland
3102 Mendon Rd.
Cumberland, RI
POON, BETTYE L.
89, beloved mother, grandmother, sister, and aunt, passed away peacefully on July 25. Born in Plainville, GA, she was a resident of Smithfield, RI for 50 years. She was married to George S. Y. Poon (deceased) and leaves her four sons, Mike, Alan, David, and Jimmy, a legacy of unconditional love, warmth, and humor. She adored her grandchildren, Jesse, Delaney, Carra, Jenny, Chris, and Spenser, and followed their every step into adulthood with pride. Besides her children and grandchildren, Bettye is survived by her best friend and older sister Louise Snow, as well as her brothers James, Billy, and John, and her sister Joyce.
Bettye was an office manager for the Providence Journal and enjoyed a 30 year love affair with the newspaper. Other passions included reading, especially books by Louis L'Amour and Lee Child, hot cups of black coffee, and any dessert with lemon in it. She took great joy in the happiness of others and delighted in the accomplishments and adventures of her family and friends.
"Sweet Bettye" was a gentlewoman whose beautiful smile was ever present and a welcome beacon for so many. She was tough when she had to be, stubborn if pushed, and a fighter for the causes she believed in. Her path was not always straight and smooth, but she overcame the many obstacles she faced and grew to become the incredible, wonderful person she was as a result. She found joy in life's most simple pleasures, and her kindness and humanity will be missed by all those fortunate enough to have known her.
There will not be a public service or visitation. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the ALS Association Rhode Island Chapter: webri.alsa.org. Arrangements by O'Neill Funeral Home, Cumberland, www.oneillfuneralhomes.com
Published by The Providence Journal on Aug. 2, 2020.
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David - It’s been a very long time. I am so sorry for your loss. Even though I never met your Mom I remember you speaking so lovingly of her. She must have been a wonderful woman to have such a special son. I hope you & yours are well. I wish you peace.
Laurie Tate-Pacecca
October 21, 2020
My condolences to Bettye's family. I have many wonderful memories of Bettye, we worked at the Providence Journal for many years and she was always so helpful and kind to me. She was a sweet, dear lady who had a big heart for everyone. It was a blessing to know her.
Ellie McCarthy
Coworker
August 10, 2020
Dearest Alan Nancy and family sending our deepest condolences!
Kathy Leary
Friend
August 3, 2020
This is such sad news - but heaven just received an A+ angel who will make sure everything is ship-shape. When I was first assigned as bureau manager of the Greenville Bureau for the ProJo at a very young age, Bettye took me under her wing and taught me more than words can say. She knew everyone, everything going on and an end-run around every obstacle in our way. She also taught me to be a better person in so many ways. I learned so much by watching how she interacted with every person who worked in and/or wandered into our office - sweet, polite, respectful, forceful and irreverent. She was simply the best! To her family - know that she was loved, respected and feared by everyone who worked with her - and I mean that in the very best way! Sending heartfelt thoughts and prayers to her family, friends and the many people whose lives were touched by this incredible woman.
Laura (Meade) Kirk
Coworker
August 2, 2020
I’m so sorry to hear about Bettye. She was a warm and motherly presence in the Greenville Bureau when I was just starting out as a reporter. The world is a lesser place without her.
Alan Rosenberg
Coworker
August 2, 2020
I had the great fortune of meeting Bettye at a very impressionable time of my life, Though she was in the process of becoming a single Mom with 3 boys still at home, she met every day with that brilliant smile. She was an independent woman before it was a norm and instilled in me the importance of that independence which forever shaped my life. She is truly a gift to all who were blessed to know her.
Eileen Jones
Friend
August 1, 2020
I will never forget Bettye when she came to Va. to visit her don David and wife, Annie, our best friends. She had a bful spirit and felt a gratefulness for her life and family. Blessings to all thw family!❤

Katheryn and Denis Chasse
Friend
July 31, 2020
All of the staff from Grandview Ctr. send our heartfelt sympathies! Bettye Poon was such a sweet person, we will miss her!
john partridge
Friend
July 31, 2020
Bettye was my mother in law for 25 years and was one of the sweetest southern women I know and just as tough and stubborn too! Raising 4 boys is no small feat and she did it with a smile. She always had a kind word, was always supportive of her family and encouraged all to read given her deep love of reading. She always had a book she was reading. I lovingly recall her saying to me when her son and I divorced that I would still be loved and still be her daughter. I was deeply touched by her love. She saw the good in everyone and had a light about her that children found enveloping and comforting.
Rebecca Chisolm
Family
July 31, 2020
My deepest condolences to the family...I know Al best...all I can say is ...anybody who could raise a son of that caliber...must know a few things about being a mother...again...my condolences...Steve Beauchamp
Steven Beauchamp
July 30, 2020
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